Making a Threaded Insert Guide

Making a Threaded Insert Guide

Installing threaded inserts perpendicular to the wood’s surface can be challenging, especially when starting them. But here’s how I make it easy.

I drill a hole the same diameter as the outside of the insert through a scrap piece of wood. Then, I use that as a guide over the hole to be tapped by the insert’s threads. Set the guide over the workpiece hole, drop the insert into the guide, and screw it down into place. Simple!

– Anthony Fisher
Sebastopol, California

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  • taocowboy

    very nice idea…
    a drill press, unplugged, rams them in straight too…

  • cagenuts

    Good idea, thanks.

  • Richard

    Make sure you drill the guide hole correctly, i.e. 90 degrees to the surface.